Probably one of the most well-known fat soluble vitamins, Vitamin K, has one important role in the body’s functions: to assist in the clotting of blood. Without the blood’s ability to clot, a body could very easily bleed to death, indeed, it is only the clotting process that prevents every cut or bruise from becoming a nightmare.
The presence of this vitamin is so vital to the clotting process that newborns, who have none of their own, are routinely given dosages to prevent “hemorrhagic disease of the newborn.” Adults who cannot get enough, and thus bleed easily or receive bruises without effort, can nearly always trace their deficiency to an inability to absorb the vitamin. This inability can stem from conditions such as chronic diarrhea, bile duct obstruction, and drugs such as antibiotics and others. Check with your doctor to determine the exact cause; meanwhile, you can supplement with foods rich in this antihemorrhagic vitamin.
As with many vital minerals and nutrients, green leafy vegetables are perhaps one of the best places to find Vitamin K. I know that I keep mentioning green drinks, but to perfectly honest, these green smoothies are perhaps one of the most nutritious breakfasts available today. And remember, the darker green the vegetable, the more nutritious it is. Collards, spinach, kale, dandelion greens, and many more are chock full of most vitamins and minerals. Other vegetables are also excellent for Vitamin K consumption: cauliflower, alfalfa, peas, and cabbage have plenty, especially the outer leaves of cabbage. Including these vegetables in the evening meal is a great way to start the family on the right track for including many vitamins and minerals in their diet.
Cow’s milk or goat’s milk is another one of the excellent Vitamin K foods, especially if it is unpasteurized. The benefits of using these milks is that being unpasteurized means that the milk will have some bacteria in it (healthy strains), and they will land in your intestines, taking up residence there to help with the production of the antihemorrhagic vitamin. After all, bacteria are necessary for your body to produce it on its own. These milks are a great way to supply those healthy bacteria.
Vitamin K is essential for both young and old. In newborns, it prevents spontaneous hemorrhaging until bacteria from mother’s milk have become established in their intestinal tracts. And in adults, it also prevents over bleeding, but the cause is not due to an insufficient colony of bacteria; rather, it is due to an inability to absorb the vitamin. Eating the aforementioned foods can help your body cope with its inabilities, and keep you healthier while you are searching for the answer to your issues. Remember, the benefits of Vitamin K foods could mean the difference between life and death.